What are Common Sources of Moisture on existing flooring?

The most frequent cause of water damage to hardwood flooring is plumbing leaks. Water supply lines to refrigerators seem to be the most common source of problems because these lines are easily damaged. Dishwasher supply lines are probably a close second with a wide variety of supply and drain plumbing following behind. Roof leaks are the most common structural failure, which cause moisture to damage wood floors along with leaks in door and faulty window units, and improper flashing on decks. Poorly designed landscaping and faulty gutters and downspouts have also caused moisture to enter the home or crawlspaces and then damage hardwood floors. Remember that many leaks may never cause water to pool on the surface, and therefore can go undetected for some length of time before doing damage that is noticeable. Many leaks are difficult to find because evidence of the excess moisture can appear in places, which are not directly related to the source. It may be necessary to consult a General Contractor to help locate problems in your home. We would be glad to recommend a number of General Contractors if you are not acquainted with one.

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